Man accused of killing teenage mother was arraigned in Schenectady, neighbors speak out


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — One day after 19-year-old ReaQwan Stover turned himself into police, he was arraigned in Schenectady Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, neighbors spoken with say they’re still shaken up after the death of 17-year-old Medina Knowles.

“It’s devastating only because she just, you know, barely started living,” said a concerned neighbor.

Medina Knowles was only 17-years-old when she was shot and killed just three days ago.

A memorial in her neighborhood sits outside of her house, but most neighbors there don’t want to talk.

Many are still mourning.

One man, who lives just a few blocks away, has a daughter close in age to Knowles.

“Me being a parent, I feel like, you know, it shouldn’t have happened,” he said. “I mean it’s like something for me to know, look at with my own child.”

This man, 19-year-old ReaQwan Stover, was believed to be dating Knowles.

Now, he’s being charged with her murder in the first degree.

Neighbors say the act of violence isn’t just sad and senseless, it’s disturbing.

“It’s unsafe, a lot of places, but unfortunate to happen, you know, at the home,” said a neighbor. “On the street or in the home, where it shouldn’t happen. That makes it even more devastating.”

Stover will be back in court Monday morning where he is expected to be assigned a public defender.


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